Cruelty-Free Cosmetics: California Banned Cosmetics Tested on Animals


A groundbreaking law, the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act banned all sales of cosmetics that have been tested on animals on January 1, 2020.

The new monumental law is appreciated and praised by conscientious consumers around the world. It is an important step in animal protection.

The sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals or contain ingredients that have been tested on animals is banned in California. Certain narrow exemptions, such as, for example, required by the Environmental Protection Agency, are provided.

Violators will be punished with an initial fine of $5,000 and an additional $1,000 for each day the violation continues.

The safety of cosmetics is proved using modern, nonanimal testing methods. These new requirements have stimulated science, industry, and ethics, as well as established new standards for animal-free safety testing.

California leads the way to the world’s highest humane standards. Being the leader in cruelty-free cosmetic market, it stimulates similar laws to be implemented in Nevada, Illinois, and at the federal level.

California’s new legislation is the first of its kind in the U.S. Anti-animal testing measures already have been taken up in the European Union, India, Israel, Norway, and other nations. Even China, a huge market for American beauty products, is moving away from animal testing.

Opponents of animal testing hope California’s law will encourage companies to fight for changes in other countries.


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